After listening to one of my favorite podcasts, the Model Health Show, I was inspired. I think this year I'm going to donate my birthday--in 1 of 2 ways.
Shawn Stevenson, my Model Health guy, is always chock-full of great ideas. But I must say, it wasn't Shawn who inspired me to donate my birthday. It was his guest Scott Harrison of Charity: Water on Episode 314: The Surprising Benefits Of Helping Others & The Truth About Thirst.
Not only is Scott's story compelling, but it's also a carries environmental bookends given his family's monoxide poisoning in their new home when he was a boy to his inspiration to create Charity: Water.
Additionally, here are some facts about clean water--and the lack there of:
- 663 million people worldwide live without access to clean water. (That's almost 1 in 10 people--or twice the population of the US.)
- Women and girls are impacted the most--they are primarily the ones who walk miles/hours to get clean water, carrying 40 pound canisters of water--sacrificing their education and sometimes even their personal safety.
- Diseases from dirty water cause more deaths (especially among the young) than all forms of violence--including war.
- Donations to Charity: Water has funded nearly 30,000 projects--with all public donations going to the projects (versus any kind of internal financial management or salaries.)
- $30 is enough to provide clean water for one person.
To learn more or get involved...watch the video below:
• Listen to or watch Shawn Stevenson's podcast with Scott Harrison.
• Check out Charity: Water's website.
• Read Scott Harrison's book Thirst. (100% of the proceeds of the book go to fund Charity: Water projects worldwide).
• Revisit a past GTG post: Water, Water, Charity: Water.
• Donate your birthday or consider a monthly donation via "The Spring."
This is where I'm going to start for my birthday. Let me know if you want to join me.
Video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE9UvT5ujyg, images from https://store.theory11.com/products/charity-water and https://store.theory11.com/products/charity-water and https://www.amazon.com/Thirst-Story-Redemption-Compassion-Mission/dp/1524762849